when you say blast him... do you mean with a dryer? Well we have a small doghouse dryer from petco, because of money issues. I think that a bigger, stronger one would definitly help out more. I did a tubby again last night (we have a first show on saturday) and i gave extra conditioner, and towelled him...(towel with velcro like a jacket) to flatten it...but that seemed to make it worse!!!!!
I am no expert in this category as I've never shown my pets (although I've always been interested in it!....I still may someday), but Miles has a wavy coat on top. And I have curly hair. In my opinion, the towel would make it worse because it's sort of trapping in the moisture and making it pretty humid thus making the hair curly/wavy and harder to dry.
The strong blowdryers work really well. When I take Miles to the self service dog wash at Petco I use that thing, and it is awesome. It made his coat pretty straight on top. Of course just brush the hair out as you blowdry and I would thing that should do the trick!